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(The Fake and Completely Untrue) BBC's Doctor Who Publicity Stunt

EDIT: Okay, so it appears that the insane crackpot conspiracy-part of me was wrong (duuuh) and that the Doctor Who season 7 part 2 box set has leaked to ONE person. It might be on its way in the mail to others. Hopefully, they make the same decision as the one fan has done, and keeps their mouth shut while enjoying the episode themselves, the bastards (yeah, I'm a wee bit jealous).


Okay, I'll be the mad, insane, conspiracy-seeing guy in the room but... I'm sorry. This episode has not leaked.

There's one tumblr blog with shots of the box, along with a shot of the opening credits, in addition to the BBC tweeting about this. There are no companies named. There are no torrents out - and there would've been, no matter what ridiculous reasons the BBC make up to explain it away (there are reports that they're "shutting down torrents"). There are no other information.

The people claiming to have seen it? They're the usual fans, posting theories and making things up while selling into the story, lending their credibility either knowingly or unknowingly.

In addition, there's very, very rarely post on Sundays. Plus, the Tumblr-site (located here) reporting it appears to be the only one (which I suppose might be possible, but still highly unlikely) who's got it, and the only images coming from it. If this was a real leak, the internet would've been flooded with torrents and gifs. Even tumblr only has three or four posts claiming to have seen the episode, and they're saying things that don't necessarily have to be spoilers - they could easily just be theories.

And there's more; the Tumblr post went up about ten hours ago. BBC first posted about this maximum three hours ago, with Moffat saying that if the fans kept mum they'd release a clip of Matt & David. Now, do you seriously believe that for those eight hours, no torrents, no gifs, no clear, definite spoilers - not to mention a synopsis of the entire episode - would've leaked? I'm sorry but I'm not buying it. There are two solutions; either this is a complete hoax and a publicity stunt or there's one single person out there who has gotten his/her mail on Sunday and recieved the box by a mistake. If the latter is true, we'll probably see gifs, spoilers and synopsises, along with torrents, when postal services are up and about again on Monday. If it's a publicity stunt, which I'm fairly sure it is... Well. 

That is one cruel stunt.

I don't have access to the Gallifrey Base (yet) so I can't check there, but there is no way in hell the BBC would've let a leak like this happen, and the fact that they've actually pulled something like this is... insensitive and cruel. They're going to make the fans tip-toe around the internet, ignore every rumor and post about Doctor Who so that they know as little as possible about the finale, then release the promised Matt & David clip when all the supposed good little fans have been nice and not spoiled anything.

I don't know whether to shake my head in disgust or give them some slow applause.

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Just saying, this guy is actually my friend, and he did receive it early. He's absolutely ecstatic and being a hardcore whovian, won't tell anyone any spoilers. It's legit. Im going over his house on Wednesday to watch it

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark Morabito

Just saying, how did your friend magically get mail on Sunday when NO ONE delivers on Sunday? Not FedEx, not UPS, not USPS, not DHL. NO ONE.

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNervisRex

It's not about post on Sunday. His original picturs were on Instagram on SATURDAY. The video of him putting the disk in his ps3. We get to see the menus and then the titles on the disk name of the doctor is one of them. I can't find a mention of a cinema showing. The pictures from the theater with title and a couple from the episode. Well they aren't from the episode. It's a fake, a while back the same exact angle but the picture were from the new hobbit move.

Quiet could be explained by others getting theirs on Monday.

Anyway I'm rambling. Point is he got it on Saturday. Posted a pic on Saturday. To Instagram

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuling.

Yaaaay, comments! I'm so glad to see comments here again!

@Mark You're going over there WEDNESDAY?! Dude. Go over there now. Don't put this off. That's like pissing on the rest of us. :P But yeah, it is absolutely possible and I've now put up an EDIT-thing at the top of this post. Have fun watching it and enjoy it a bit more for all of us who have to wait. ;)

@NervisRex It is possible to get mail on Sundays, though. I've gotten it a few times. Postal services are weird like that. Anyway, he appears to have gotten it on a Saturday, which is why the original post says that he could watch both Nightmare in Silver and The Name of the Doctor before they aired.

@Ruling. This. I'm now scared of others being on the way in the mail and leaking in the next couple of days. Caution is advised.

May 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterWatchingPreacher

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